NFL notebook: Rookie QBs dominate Pro Bowl voting
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 8:30 p.m.
With less than a week remaining in fan voting for the Pro Bowl, rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III can be excused if they start thinking about Hawaii. The top two picks in this year's NFL Draft were among the leading vote-getters in the latest results released Wednesday.
Voting continues through Monday.
Each conference will have three quarterbacks on its roster. In the NFC, the Redskins' RG3, with 537,459 votes, trails only the Packers' Aaron Rodgers (652,807). The Saints' Drew Brees is third with 500,193, holding off the Falcons' Matt Ryan at 477,087.
With 318,128 votes, the Colts' Luck is third behind AFC peers Peyton Manning of the Broncos and Tom Brady of the Patriots. He has a slim lead over Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers (302,583) and the Texans' Matt Schaub (294,522).
• Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he has not ruled out running back Ahmad Bradshaw from Sunday's matchup in Atlanta despite a knee injury.
• Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts III was back at practice and symptom-free following his first concussion. Shorts missed last week's game against the Jets because of lingering symptoms.
• The Cardinals placed quarterback Kevin Kolb (ribs) on injured reserve and named rookie Ryan Lindley as starter Sunday against Detroit.
• NFL officiating chief Carl Johnson will head back to the field next year as the league's first full-time game official. Johnson, who has been the league's vice president of officiating since 2010, was a line judge for nine seasons.
• Construction work at Lambeau Field sparked a minor fire that caused about $5,000 in damage to the Green Bay Packers' stadium.
• A judge sentenced former Cowboys linebacker Eugene Lockhart Jr. to 4½ years in federal prison for taking part in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving fraudulent mortgages.
• Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said he was fined $5,250 by the NFL for wearing a message on his uniform promoting Ray Guy for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
• The NFLPA filed a grievance against the league's clubs and its management council asking that team doctors no longer try to make players to sign waivers before being prescribed the painkiller Toradol.
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